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Earlier this year, it was reported that Peru has seen a whopping 26 per cent increase in complaints about gender violence between January and April 2017.

The massive surge prompted the country's Minister for Women and Vulnerable Populations,  Ana Maria Romero-Lozada, to call for a system reform so that gender crime reports could be properly dealt with.

“We don't want to send a lot of people to jail, but if someone must go, then he should go,” she said.

The growing issue has sparked a wave of feminist protests across the South American nation, and now, contestants of the Miss Peru beauty pageant have spoken out.

During a segment in which the women are usually required to announced their measurements (bust, waist, hip) to the audience, competitors instead used their moment on stage to share a number of facts and statistics about the country's gender violence problem.

One contestant said: “My name is Juana Acevedo and my measurements are: more than 70 per cent of women in our country are victims of street harassment.”

Another added: “My name is Luciana Fernández and I represent the city of Huánuco, and my measurements are: 13,000 girls suffer sexual abuse in our country.”

Event organisers also displayed a selection of newspaper clippings reporting on cases of murdered and assaulted women during the swimsuit section of the competition.

In the final segment, contestants were asked what laws they would change in order to prevent violent crimes against women.

You can check out the full show below: 

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As a celeb, you know you have officially made it big when people are immortalising your likeness in wax. 

Lady Gaga clearly reached a meteoric level of fame a number of years ago, and so homage has been paid to her look by a museum in Peru.

However, the art work is less than flattering, and Twitter is raucous after seeing the model. 

Two snaps of the slightly scary wax work were posted online by Twitter user @tobeymonster. 

Twitter fans have likened the model to Donatella Versace among other characters.

They have also criticised the look of Gaga's wig, along with her muscular physique. 

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The tweet is currently going viral, with thousands of likes and retweets. 

Hopefully Lady Gaga herself will see it soon and give us her two cents. 

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After serving a three-year prison sentence in a hard-core South American jail, convicted drug-smuggler Michaella McCollum has this evening returned to Ireland. 

The 23-year-old left Peru on Friday evening and landed in Dublin via London in the last hour.

Waiting media were on site to ask Michaella questions about her release, but the Northern Irish woman had no comment to make. 

Senior Newstalk reporter Sean Defoe captured the moment she walked from the terminal on Twitter.

Along with UK-national Melissa Reid, McCollum was arrested in August 2013 at Lima Airport with 11kg of cocaine hidden in their luggage and disguised as food packets. 

The Irish-woman was released on parole in March this year after serving less than half her six-year, eight-month sentence.

Reid arrived back to her native Scotland in June.

In a controversial interview with RTE shortly after her release, Michaella said the decision to transport drugs from Peru back to Europe was a "moment of madness".

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Less than three years after her arrest for attempted drug smuggling, Tyrone woman Michaella McCollum has been freed from prison. 

The 23-year-old has been released on parole from the Ancon Dos prison in Lima, but the terms of her release mean that she may have to remain in Peru for anywhere up to six years.

"Michaela McCollum was released from prison at 5pm last night following a successful application for parole," legal firm KRW Law said via a statement this morning.

“She has NOT been released under any repatriation scheme or other protocol between Peru and the UK."

Michaella, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone was arrested at Lima Airport in August 2013, along with Scottish woman Melissa Reid. The pair were found attempting to fly to Madrid with 11kg of cocaine hidden inside food sachets in their luggage. Both received jail sentences of six and a half years.

Irish-American Bishop Sean Walsh visited Michaella in prison a few days ago, and confirmed to media today that she has indeed been allowed to leave.

“She has been granted parole to my very great surprise. She’s going to be granted parole six years and six months,” he told the Irish Independent.

"She is of course quite relieved… Probably she will remain in Lima. She will be allowed to work and study if she wants to do that."

Michaella was freed under new legislation on early prison release introduced in Peru last year.

She has served two years and three months of her full sentence.

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So 2015 was not the year we were going to see the WORLD. but maybe we were just holding out for 2016!

This year, we are starting early and making a list of the dream destinations we just have to visit in the next twelve months. If we wish hard enough, it could happen? Right? RIGHT?

Some are perhaps more achievable than others but you'll get no where unless you dream BIG. 

So pack your bags and slap on the sunscreen, we are going on a fantasy holiday for the next five minutes. 

1. Santorini, Greece 

2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia 

3. Burano, Italy 

4. Ghent, Belgium 

5. Koh Samui, Thailand 

6. Mount Cook, New Zealand 

7. Uluru, Australia 

8. Edinburgh, Scotland 

9. Yucatan, Mexico

10. Kauai, Hawaii

11. Prague, Czech Republic 

12. Glacier Bay, Alaska

13. Surrigao, Phillipines

14. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

15. Halong Bay, Vietnam

16. Harry Potter World, Florida

 

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Allow us to introduce you to Otto.

Otto is a bulldog who has some serious skills. Not content with mastering the usual ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ like his canine peers, Otto considers himself more of an adventurer. 

He broke a Guinness World Record yesterday when he skateboarded through the legs of 30 people in Peru.

Otto is not the only one trying to break a record today. Guinness World Records Day celebrates a 12 year anniversary today. Some of the records attempted include the fastest 100m run on all fours and the biggest gathering of people dressed as penguins. 

While these both sound highly entertaining, we are pretty certain that Otto’s video is probably the most adorable we have seen in a while.  

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If your bucket list doesn’t have ‘visit Machu Picchu’ on it then something is amiss.

Located 7,000ft above sea level, this 15th century Inca site (see how we slipped a little bit of history in there…) sits above the Urabamba Valley in Peru and definitely has the wow factor!

This video beautifully shows off one of South America’s most incredible and popular tourist attractions in such a way that you’ll be booking the next flight out of here – well maybe not the next…

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One Direction have definitely been busy since arriving in Peru.

First, hotel footage caught the band wandering round the halls, in nothing but their underwear and now it’s also been revealed that the band’s tour manager, gave convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum, Easter eggs in prison.

But the latest 1D update has revealed that the band’s team, are considering legal options over a condom range called “One Erection”.

This unusual condom line apparently keeps users “Up All Night” and also goes onto say that “they’re great ice breaker at parties”.

Apparently, the boys find the condom range funny but their legal team, not so much.

“The boys heard about the condoms and found them hilarious. They even joked about buying a few packets for a laugh. But their management team aren’t seeing the funny side. They are considering bringing in lawyers to stop them shamefully exploiting the band to sell condoms”

It seems legal proceedings probably will go ahead, as they are afraid that the condom range will damage the band’s reputation.

“What makes it worse is 1D have turned down various big-bucks offers to bring out their own official range. So they aren’t happy someone else is cashing in on their sex-symbol status.”

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